Everton vs. Chelsea Result: Full Time Score, Goals, Highlights and Match Report in the Premier League

There are statement results to herald a new era and this was just one in the sense of Chelsea winning on what appeared to be their bogeyman after four consecutive defeats at Goodison Park. For Clearlake Capital, its £4.25bn investment should secure something more exciting and emphatic than a lumbering if hard-fought triumph in a weak game. For Todd Boehly, the co-owner who also served as his own director of football and whose summer transfer considerations included everyone from Cristiano Ronaldo to Carney Chukwuemeka, victory was secured by two setbacks to previous regimes.

Jorginho, once regarded as Maurizio Sarri’s pet project, scored a penalty which was won by Ben Chilwell, new signing Frank Lampard, who put in more effort than anyone. That it doomed Lampard to defeat was the least of cruelty to Chelsea’s record goalscorer. His past is not his biggest concern in a week that has seen Everton stumble into a season marred by costly injuries.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin was ruled out in training, leaving Everton without a striker – even the late Duncan Ferguson was in the Sky Sports studios rather than offering an intimidating presence on the touchline – and the hapless Ben Godfrey was hospitalized long before that Final whistle, with what appeared to be a serious injury on the stretcher.

That meant Jorginho scored in the 54th minute of a long first half. Chilwell’s delayed first start this year marked his own recovery from a knee problem.

He will face competition for his place from Marc Cucurella and the most expensive defender in Chelsea history made his debut after Chilwell was substituted; he had nevertheless made a decisive and timely contribution in an otherwise quiet game. He was run over by the clumsy Abdoulaye Doucoure. Forgoing his trademark hop, hop and jump for a more conventional run-up, Jorginho drilled in the penalty shootout.

Cucurella’s bow was too brief to draw any definitive conclusions, but Chelsea could be satisfied with the early starts of the first two signings of the Boehly years. Kalidou Koulibaly cut a fearsome figure, albeit in a defense undisturbed with Everton missing a goalscorer.

Life after Romelu Lukaku meant Raheem Sterling’s Chelsea arc was a false nine. He celebrated what he believed to be his first Blues goal, firing in after Jordan Pickford botched N’Golo Kante’s shot, but an offside flag put a stop to his fun. Later on, a nice slide challenge from Vitaly Mykolenko meant he had to wait a little longer to open his account, but his movement and persistence suggested he would be a good fit for a Thomas Tuchel team.

Yet neither Kai Havertz nor Mason Mount have excelled and, more broadly, Chelsea need to become more productive.

A terrible save from corners by Reece James was one of the reasons they didn’t convert plentiful possession into clearer chances. Everton had to defend themselves often and a series of blocks showed James Tarkowski’s outspoken defiance.

Everton’s James Tarkowski (left) challenges Christian Pulisic

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The former Burnley centre-back was the best in Everton’s band of newcomers. He had a header that was acrobaticly knocked over by Edouard Mendy; Factor in a pinpoint diagonal pass to Nathan Patterson and he awarded an attacking threat. Everton otherwise had precious little: Doucoure had a shot at redemption but Mendy blocked and Mount prevented Mason Holgate from deflecting the rebound.

But there was a Calvert-Lewin-shaped gap in attack. Lampard passed a vote of no confidence to Dele Alli, despite Everton having no one remotely resembling a centre-forward. He was called out when Dwight McNeil was substituted after a muffled bow.

Until then, Everton’s attacking line consisted of three wingers, with Anthony Gordon given the role in the middle. He had the freedom to dribble but his best work came from deeper positions and his lack of header ability meant Everton had no goal in the box.

They didn’t have much midfield either, playing effectively 5-2-3 as Chelsea forced their full-backs into defence. Lampard’s starting XI was an indication they hardly felt ready for the start of the season. Depending on how Alex Iwobi ranks, it was five defenders, four wingers, a single central midfielder and no forwards.

There should be reinforcements at least in midfield: Amadou Onana sat in the directors’ box when his planned move from Lille was about to be completed.

A change of personnel should bring luck. Everton’s season last year was marred by injuries. This continued in a similar fashion. Godfrey was injured when he blocked a Havertz shot, which in turn followed a series of errors: Godfrey’s poor back pass, the official’s failure to notice the ball had gone wide for a corner before Jordan Pickford’s clearance only to Havertz went. A seven-minute delay was the first indication that Godfrey might not be back soon.

If that forces Everton to accelerate their interest in Conor Coady, the likelihood that they will try to sign players for centre-back, midfield and attack respectively is a sign of their shortcomings.

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